An Introduction to the Creative Commons

Wednesday, 5/15/2019
  • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific)

Creative Commons (CC) licenses provide those creating copyrightable works with an opportunity to outline terms under which others can reuse them, eliminating the need for users to seek permission for their use of the work. With over one billion CC licensed works available online; chances are good that librarians and patrons encounter these works frequently. Unfortunately there are many myths and misconceptions surround the CC licenses. In this webinar, we will work to sort fact from fiction by exploring each of the seven licenses in-depth, reviewing relevant court cases to see what they tell us about the use of CC licensed works, and explore best practices for licensing our own works under CC licenses and helping our patrons to do the same.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop an understanding of the seven types of Creative Commons licenses.

  • Gain an understanding of recent court decisions that explore Creative Commons licensing and how these may impact libraries and our users.

  • Learn tips and best practices for helping colleagues and patrons identify which Creative Commons license may be best suited to attach to copyrightable works they have created that they wish to make available to others.

Who Should Attend

Academic librarians who assist patrons who may be interested in using Creative Commons works or who may be interested using these licenses when sharing their works with others. This webinar will also be of interest to those librarians looking to publish works (PowerPoint presentations, articles, book chapters, etc.) as Open Access (OA) works as Creative Commons licenses are often used by OA publishers.


Carla Myers serves as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the Miami University Libraries. Her professional presentations and publications focus on library copyright and scholarly communications issues.



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

  • Go to the Online Registration page.
  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the May 2019 monthly heading.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (